Professional Test Driver Demos Tesla Model S Navigate On Autopilot


Kelley Blue Book test driver fills us in on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature.

It’s important to note that Kelley Blue Book (KBB) didn’t publish this particular video. However, Micah Muzio test drives cars for KBB as part of his day job. He used some of his personal time to check out a Tesla Model S Performance (formerly P100D) and its Navigate on Autopilot feature. With that being said, Micah is clearly well-qualified to fill us in on the tech. Nonetheless, he still says this is more of a casual, real-world look at the technology rather than a comprehensive review.

The Model S performs as expected with the semiautonomous featured engaged. Micah’s demonstration reveals that it does a good job on the freeway and handles on- and off-ramps respectably. However, you have to stay engaged and aware, because there are occasional quirks. Tesla will continue incrementally updating its Autopilot and Navigate on Autopilot tech as it moves toward Full Self-Driving capability.

As we recently shared, Musk says full-self-driving optioned Tesla vehicles will be feature-complete by the end of this year. However, he admits that it will likely be another year after that before you’ll be able to use the technology without human intervention. While timelines related to fully autonomous systems continue to get pushed back, we can’t really blame Tesla or any other automaker. Safety is key, and until it’s ready, frankly we don’t want it on public roads.

Video Description via Micah Muzio on YouTube:

Micah “Drives” a Tesla Model S using Navigate on Autopilot

Thanks to my day job at Kelley Blue Book, I drive a lot of cars. This round I’m behind the wheel of a 2019 Tesla Model S P100D (recently renamed the Tesla Model S Performance). And when I say, “sitting behind the wheel” I mean that quite literally. In this video I’m testing one of Tesla’s newest features, Navigate on Autopilot, an advanced feature recently added to Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot self-driving system. Full self-driving capabilities are still over the horizon but, as this video shows, Navigate on Autopilot can handle on-ramp to off-ramp freeway driving…albeit with constant human oversight and a few awkward moments. And just so the premise is ultra-clear, this is not a comprehensive review but rather a casual look at the Tesla Model S, while living my normal life. Simple. Fun!

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6 Comments on "Professional Test Driver Demos Tesla Model S Navigate On Autopilot"

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“Deutschland mode” is a very good idea that Tesla should implement into AutoPilot.

When Micah was merging on to 405 North @ 5:02 into the video, did anyone else catch the Toyota Mirai cruising in the HOV (leftmost) lane, then a couple of seconds later a speeding Model X whizzes by in the right lane passing both Micah and all the traffic in three lanes to its left? 🤣

The reviewer is right,

I hate the braking in autopilot, it’s totally oblivious about the flow of traffic. It will drop an anchor in the middle of fast moving traffic to merge. It very rarely speeds up. I know it’s safer to slow down in theory, but in practice that’s definitely not always the case. I never let it change lanes anymore, unless I know it can easily merge over with slowing down.

It will also slow down based on the previous speed limit. If your doing 75mph in a 65 and last time you were in a 55mph zone you were doing 55mph it will just slow down without indication. Until your like what’s going on, so you have to be ready for it.

Adaptive cruise usually performs perfectly though, unless something weird happens it’s unsure of.

I just had to laugh.
Why? Micah’s experiences in traffic and his comments pretty much mirror my own (in a Model 3).

To wit – Nav on Auto, especially in traffic:
o Can take too long to execute a lane change once it has started indicating/flashing. This ticks off people behind.
o Tends to hog the passing/fast lane for way too long. This too ticks off other traffic.
o In my own case far too many lane change attempts automatically aborted, jerking back into the original lane while leaving the turn signal on making everyone think (myself included) that another attempt is imminent.
o Also in my case the occasionally missed off ramp.

o In mild, to no, traffic – Nav on Auto works satifyingly well most of the time.
o In moderate to heavy traffic – Absolutely not ready for prime time.
Creates uncertainty and confusion for others and makes Tesla drivers LOOK LIKE IDIOTS !!

It (Navigate) just drives like a bad Prius driver. Very typical of California Prius drivers. =)

Wow, I think you are on to something here!

Tesla owners are the problem. They are training their neural nets with data from, what we now know are mainly former Prius drivers. Once there are more BMW drivers in the mix, the car might even stop using the turn signal.

It would be good to know the software version in the vehicle he is testing; I am pretty sure my NoA function does not cruise in the passing lane.